Explain the concept of relative dating
This theory held that the past was the key to the future and that processes that formed the layers were the very slow processes that we see forming layers at the bottom of the ocean today. Until Lyell successfully convinced scientists that uniformitarianism was the correct theory, it was believed that the worldwide flood and other catastrophic events were primarily responsible for the formation of the geologic layers and that they didn’t represent long ages.
Later, when radiometric absolute dating methods were developed, they still were not applicable to sedimentary layers.
The relative dating methods themselves are generally sound when used with good assumptions. Jesus, the creator and eternal Son of God, who lived a sinless life, loves us so much that He died for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, was buried, and rose from the dead according to the Bible.
Geologic research and mapping requires the determinations of the ages and composition of rocks.Tradition paleontological and biostratigraphic correlation methods are still perhaps the most common relative dating methods used by geologists.More modern correlation technologies include use of marine stable isotope records, paleomagnetic dating, tephrachronology, geomorphological methods, sedimentation characteristics, and other geochemical and radiometric methods.Geochronology is the science of dating and determining the time sequence of events in the history of the Earth.This web page provides an overview of selected geochronology methods used by USGS scientists.